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The Data Center Frontier Show

Nov 15, 2022

As a large energy user, the data center industry has a key role to play in the global response to climate change. Pankaj Sharma of Schneider Electric is on the front lines of this effort, working with data center operators and suppliers on a holistic approach to making digital infrastructure more sustainable. 

Sharma joins DCF Editor Rich Miller for a wide-ranging discussion about the growing sense of urgency for climate action, the Schneider sustainability framework for data centers, and how the metaverse may impact how we power and cool our critical infrastructure. 

Here’s a timeline of topics Pankaj and Rich discuss on the podcast:

  • 1:00 – Pankaj's role at Schneider Electric and his Data Center Journey. 
  • 3:20 – Why sustainability is so important for data centers and IT applications
  • 5:30 – How the Schneider Electric Sustainability Framework can help data center operators respond.  
  • 10:00 – How the industry experience with PUE provides insights on sustainability responses.
  • 12:45 – The growing sense of urgency for climate action, in the data center industry and beyond.
  • 14:15 – Pankaj offers his take on the recent Schneider Electric Innovation Summit and key takeaways. 
  • 20:15 – The Metaverse and what it means for data centers and mission-critical infrastructure.
  • 23:15 - The future of cooling, and how metaverse compute tech may impact cooling.
  • 25:10 - The data center supply chain is "a huge challenge" but is getting better.

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